My students need 24 new individual cushions that they can use to sit anywhere in the room and 4 new ball chairs that are heavier duty to last!
My students are young, energetic, and excited to learn! However, many of these students have difficulty sitting still and focusing in a traditional classroom setting. They are six years old after all! After almost 15 years experience in first grade I know that they learn better when they are allowed some movement and some choice. I started flexible seating in a small way last year and loved the results. I want to continue with more options this year.
Now, imagine coming into a classroom where, as a six year old, you are allowed to sit in bean bag chairs, on the floor at a table that is at floor level, on stools that wobble instead of flat boring chairs, or maybe on a chair that is shaped like a ball!
Not only does this capture their attention but it gives them freedom of choice! Most first grades get so little choice in their life that this little bit can make such a difference. I want to make this difference.
I began a flexible seating classroom last year. I loved it and could tell a difference in both the students' engagement in their learning and in their overall behavior. I want to improve the quality of the seating I have been using. Since stability balls were a new idea to me last year, the ball chairs I got were not very high quality and are not holding up well. The new ones are much sturdier! New floor cushions would replace the carpet remnants we have been using on the floor. These have gotten pretty dirty and are hard to clean. The cushions I'm requesting are vinyl and are made for classroom use. They will be much easier to clean. With all the sickness going around, this just feels like a much better choice. These two new choices will add the expanding choices in my classroom. Kids get so little choice and freedom. Why not give them the chance to decide how they feel comfortable learning? They will work harder, be more productive, behave better, and overall be happier. And in the process of all of that, learn more! Isn't that the whole point?
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|ECR4Kids Softzone Carry Me Floor Cushions for Flexible Classroom Seating, 3" Deluxe Foam, Square, Assorted (4-Piece Set) • Amazon Business||$79.99||6||$479.94|
|Trideer Kids Exercise Ball, Ball Chair, 45cm Flexible Classroom Seating Children's Inflatable Balance Ball Desk Chair (Home & Classroom) (Red, 45cm (Kids)) • Amazon Business||$14.99||4||$59.96|
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